I'm not sure if Kim Howells (who I've blogged about before, in the old Blogger days) is a hero or a fuckwit, but anyway here he goes again:
The gregarious Culture minister Kim Howells has found a glamorous new subject for his opinions today - Hollywood icons such as Tom Cruise, who do not have the "balls" to fly to Europe because, in his opinion, they fear a terrorist attack.
The timing of Mr Howells' comments may seem surprising, when governments are warning that some foreign travel is dangerous. But the remarks reflect Mr Howell's opinion that the absence of visitors is hitting the UK tourism industry, he tells today's Financial Times.
"These people portray themselves as great action heroes and although we know they use stunt men all the time ... one would assume they would have the balls to do a simple thing like ... fly to Europe and set an example for the rest of the nation," the minister said.
Mr Howells accused heroes of silver-screen action of being "too frightened" to set an example to their fellow American citizens.